Strange/weird/odd/shocking things in tennis

Baghdatis had best ranking #8 of his career before any of his all, four ATP-titles. Probably there are no other top ten players in this respect.

(Afterwards) Also at least Mikael Pernfors. At the age of 23 was in September 1986 # 10. Three ATP titles were still ahead.Two cases: Do they belong to this topic?
 
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Enceladus

Hall of Fame
Djokovic-Federer rivalry managed a unique thing on Australian Open - they played mutual matches on all three types of hard surface used on AO!

At Rebound Ace (1988-2007):
  • 2007 4th round: Federer d. Djokovic 6–2, 7–5, 6–3
At Plexicushion (2008-2019):
  • 2008 SF: Djokovic d. Federer 7–5, 6–3, 7–6(5)
  • 2011 SF: Djokovic d. Federer 7–6(3), 7–5, 6–4
  • 2016 SF: Djokovic d. Federer 6–1, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
At GreenSet (since 2020):
  • 2020 SF: Djokovic d. Federer 7–6(1), 6–4, 6–3
 

clout

Hall of Fame
The last time someone U-25 won a major was Novak Djokovic at the 2012 Australian Open (24 years, 8 months).

EDIT: I initially put 25 and under for Novak at the '13 AO, but realized Cilic won the '14 USO at 25 years and 11 months. The one above is even more insane imo since no one aged 18-24 has won a major in over 8 years!!!
 

Biotic

Rookie
Federer trails Djokovic 1-3 at Wimbledon, and Nadal 1-3 at Australian open.

Titles tell a different (more realistic) story.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
The AO 2012 final lasting over an hour longer than the FO 2013 SF.

If this doesn't prove that the AO in 2012 played slower than clay, I don't know what else does.

Embarrassing for a HC to be slower than clay.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
The AO 2012 final lasting over an hour longer than the FO 2013 SF.

If this doesn't prove that the AO in 2012 played slower than clay, I don't know what else does.

Embarrassing for a HC to be slower than clay.
I can find many, many stats better than a single match comparison where one match had 10% more points than the other.
 

RS

Legend
The AO 2012 final lasting over an hour longer than the FO 2013 SF.

If this doesn't prove that the AO in 2012 played slower than clay, I don't know what else does.

Embarrassing for a HC to be slower than clay.
If AO 12 was like clay then Djokovic would have never won it.......
 

clout

Hall of Fame
Andy Murray only has 1 HC major - that’s kinda crazy given how good of a player he is on that surface.

In his era alone, 4 players won more HC slams (big 3 + Stan) and he’s tied for 5th with Delpo (who won before he did) and Cilic (who lowkey came closer to bagging his 2nd than Murray did)
 
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clout

Hall of Fame
Nadal has never lost a final at any tournament level to a player born after 1987...that’s flat out insane since drawing Nadal in the finals of a tourney pretty much equals an automatic L for anyone under 30
 
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mike danny

Bionic Poster
Nadal has never lost a final at any tour level to a player born after 1987...that’s flat out insane since drawing Nadal in the finals of a tourney pretty much equals an automatic L for anyone under 30
That's actually insane.

Should have lost to Nishikori at 2014 Madrid, but Kei's body had to break down when he was dominating Nadal.
 

tsurismo5

Rookie
Struff is 30. I thought he was a mid 20s nextgen.

Playing style/technique wise, he also seems way too identical to berrettini.
 
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Federev

Hall of Fame
Not sure these are strange, but they always kindblow me away ...

Rafa unstoppable at RG since the beginning of time.

But also Soderling def Nadal @ RG 09

Serena losing the USO to Vinci (?? - can’t remember if that’s who she lost to)

Rafa losing to Wawrinka at AO in the fashion he did. (And good on him for not retiring)

Fed winning AO17 after being down a break in the 5th v Rafa. (So much for the “court speeds don’t mean that much” arguements)

Fed beating Rafa and setting up 2 MPs v. Novak to have his possible CAREER ALL TIME GREATEST MOMENT @ almost 38 years old at WB last year.

Fed losing after said 2 MPs
 
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Marin Cilic got duped by Fed in a slam final two times in a row over two years. That must have sucked.
 
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Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
Andy Murray only has 1 HC major - that’s kinda crazy given how good of a player he is on that surface.

In his era alone, 4 players won more HC slams (big 3 + Stan) and he’s tied for 5th with Delpo (who won before he did) and Cilic (who lowkey came closer to bagging his 2nd than Murray did)
Hate this "word" btw.
 
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